This year's version of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg cannot be called Dumb and Dumber, rather, Slow Start and Super Finish, or Good and Better. The 2 continue to pile up the points. Each had a goal and an assist in the Red Wings' come-from behind 4-3 win against the falling Rangers tonight. Both players were in on the winning goal.
Where the hell were these 2 in the first half of the season? Detroit got off to a slow start this season, and Datsyuk and Zetterberg looked alot like last year's Bertuzzi and Naslund, floating around aimlessly and not generating alot of chances. Well that has changed now, and with it, Detroit's fortunes.
To make things worse, I have to admit that I am eating my words right now. Earlier in the season, I bragged to a certain Red Wings blogger that the Wings would be futile without the services of Shanahan and Yzerman. The team would falter without 2 great Canadian guys like that leading the team. Well, now the top 5 scorers in Detroit are all Europeans: Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Lidstrom, Holmstrom, and Lang. 1 Russian, 3 Swedes, and a Czech. Oh yeah, and their Czech goalie is putting up Vezina numbers this season and hasn't been carted away in a wheelchair yet. To make matters even worse still, Shanahan's Rangers are now in 11th spot in the East, 5 points out of a playoff spot, and without much character or identity. I guess that explains their acquisition of Sean Avery today.
Any poolie who held on to Datsyuk and Zetterberg in the tough times this year is now laughing. Any Detroit-hater, like myself, is shaking his or her head and cursing the Wings for now only being 5 points out of first spot in the West. Why won't these bastards just go away?!
PS- Doesn't Zetterberg look a bit like Jim Carrey? And doesn't Datsyuk look like one or all of the aliens from Mars Attacks?